Societies worldwide are grappling with political, technological, economic, and cultural transformations. However, the inherent pressures have been particularly combustible in the Arab world, given institutional deficiencies and the proliferation of conflict, sectarianism, and radicalization.
Algeria’s austerity measures are driving protests among its previously acquiescent middle class, and the state is hardening its stance against such unrest.
EU policy towards the Maghreb is still reflective of the disjointed self-interests of member states who favor their own short-term political and security interests and does not take stock of the new realities affecting security in several countries of the Maghreb.
The biggest developments in Syria in 2016.
If the ceasefire brokered by Russia and Turkey holds, it will be welcomed by most people in Syria - but the odds seem stacked against it.
Following infighting during the spring of 2016, the Eastern Ghouta has been split and Assad is now moving to recapture it.
Despite several setbacks across the Middle East, Islamist parties have adapted in diverse ways to the new political environments.
The denial of democratic opportunities, the rise of successful violent movements, and the shifting regional and Islamist contexts make it likely that the coming period of Islamist politics will be dominated by non–Muslim Brotherhood organizations.
The collapse of the east Aleppo pocket marks the end of a four-and-a-half year struggle for control over northern Syria’s largest city and will have broader political and humanitarian consequences.
Egypt’s Supreme Constitutional Court struck down a portion of the country’s protest law this week. While that may have long-term significance, the ruling is likely to have little short-term effect.